Chocolate Chip “Makeover” Cookies

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies

This post is sponsored by Safest Choice Eggs.

There are weeks when so much baking goes on around here that I wonder if I’m not living in a tiny cookie factory with amateur bakers at the helm. Cookies are usually at the top of the agenda.

I’m guessing cookies might be popular around your house too, so I thought I’d do a two-part cookie tutorial. Today’s post is all about how to make your baking more wholesome with a bang up Toll House chocolate chip cookie makeover.

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One caveat here: I don’t tinker with every cookie I bake, and when I do, I don’t get too extreme. I want my cookies to taste like they’re from a bakery not a wheatgrass juice bar (no offense to wheatgrass juice bars). With that in mind, here are some of my standard baking makeover moves:

How to Make Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies

1. Play with flour

Instead of relying on white flour, which loses much of its nutritional value in processing, experiment with whole wheat flour. You can pretty seamlessly swap out half the all-purpose flour for whole wheat flour or all of it for whole-wheat pastry flour.

2. Go for oats

Adding rolled oats can enhance a cookie both nutritionally and in terms of flavor and texture. You can add them whole or grind them in a food processor to use in place of some of the white flour.

3. Eat the dough

Kids love cookie dough, but with risk of food-borne illness, it’s not the wisest move. If you use pasteurized eggs such as Safest Choice, kids can have at it with the dough without fear of their favorite sweet making them sick.

3. Use dark chocolate

The darker the chocolate, the higher the antioxidants. Some brands now make chips with upwards of 60 percent cacao. Alternatively, chop up a block of good quality dark chocolate to use in place of the chips.

4. Make butter better

Butter is responsible for making cookies so rich and satisfying, and a little can go a long way. You can substitute some of the butter with a neutral oil such as organic canola to minimize saturated fat.

Browning the butter before adding it to the batter can make the most of buttery flavor, which means you can get away with using less.

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5. Get nutty

Adding walnuts, peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts, and so forth brings crunch and texture to cookies, but also adds nourishment and healthy fats that can give cookies a little staying power. You can grind nuts up as fine as flour so they go virtually unnoticed by nut-averse kids, but add the nutritional benefits.

6. Downsize

It’s tough to stop at just one, so scale back on cookie size.

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Chocolate Chip "Makeover" Cookies

The Toll House classic gets a healthier chocolate chip cookie makeover here by calling for whole wheat, almond, and oat flour in place of standard white flour. It cuts the amount of butter in half, the sugar by a third, and uses antioxidant-rich dark chocolate in place of semi-sweet chocolate. The result is a delicious chocolate chip cookie that doesn't taste like it was shortchanged in the decadence department.
Course Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes
Servings 3 1/2 dozen cookies
Calories 84 kcal
Author katiemorford

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup unsalted almonds (raw or roasted)
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 stick butter (4 ounces), softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs (use pasteurized eggs such as Safest Choice if you want to eat the dough!)
  • 1 1/3 cups dark chocolate chips or about 8 ounces finely chopped dark chocolate

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease or line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Put the almonds and oats in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Run the processor until the nuts and oats are ground to the texture of fine bread crumbs. Add the whole wheat pastry flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to the food processor. Pulse a few times to blend.
  3. Cream the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar with an electric mixture until light and creamy. Add the eggs and vanilla and continue to beat until light and smooth. Add the dry mixture to the butter mixture and beat just until combined. Add the chocolate chips and stir to combine.
  4. Roll tablespoon-size balls of dough between your palms and arrange on baking sheets. Bake until the bottoms are lightly brown and you just start to see a hint of pale brown around the edges, about 11 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven. Cool and store in an air-tight container.

Healthier chocolate chip cookies

 

Comments

05.28.2013 at 3:40 AM #

Sally Kuzemchak

Yum! These look great. I love adding oats to cookies–and I find that it makes the cookies much more filling, so I can be satisfied with just one (or two)! Pinning these now to try later. Thanks for the great recipe Katie.

05.28.2013 at 3:40 AM #

katiemorford

Thanks Sally. I agree…the grains, nuts, and eggs give cookies a foundation in something other than sugar, which is more sustaining.

05.28.2013 at 7:49 AM #

Heather Christo

These look seriously amazing!!

05.28.2013 at 2:09 PM #

Dina

great recipe. i like the healthy tweaks you made. it was just enough to make it healthy but still delicious!

05.28.2013 at 2:19 PM #

Monica

Just when I think I can’t love you anymore! I’m really excited to try these this summer!

05.28.2013 at 2:19 PM #

katiemorford

ahhh….

05.28.2013 at 5:07 PM #

Pam

I can’t wait to try these! Maybe even tonight…

05.28.2013 at 5:07 PM #

katiemorford

Must report back!

05.29.2013 at 4:04 AM #

Cornel

Hi Katie

Thanks for your very informative blog. I’m gluten & dairy intolerant and always try to find ways baking stuff that I can eat.
Can you please tell me what a stick of butter means = weight? Sorry living in South Africa and butter / margerine is only available in 250 / 500gm.
many thanks
CorneldK

05.29.2013 at 4:04 AM #

katiemorford

Greetings to you South Africa! One stick of butter is equivalent to 113 grams or 4 ounces or 1/2 cup.

05.29.2013 at 10:05 AM #

Sally

What could I substitute for the almonds? How much more flour or oats could I add?

05.29.2013 at 10:05 AM #

katiemorford

You could add a different nut such as walnuts or pecans. If you don’t want to use nuts, I might add 1/2 cup of whole wheat pastry flour…but without trying it, can’t be sure of the result. Good luck!

05.30.2013 at 12:02 AM #

kim brady

I love makeovers! Can you tell me the difference between white whole wheat and whole wheat flour- I see them both at Trader Joe’s and curious as I usually stick with whole wheat pastry from Rainbow for baking. Also my mom once told me to swap out 1/2 cup wheat germ in baking to up the nutritional value would this work here- I like the way it gives waffles, breads and muffins a lightness but am not usually a cookie baker. Thanks Katie, my LO has recently discovered cookies so this will be a fun recipe to start with.

05.30.2013 at 12:02 AM #

katiemorford

Hi Kim…whole wheat white flour is a different variety than regular whole wheat with a milder flavor. I think it works well for baking and still has good nutritional value like other whole wheat. Worth trying.

05.30.2013 at 7:19 AM #

Sarah

This cookie looks great wondering how many carbs are in one cookie. I count carbs.
Thanks.

05.30.2013 at 7:19 AM #

katiemorford

Hi there

I don’t run nutritional analyses on my recipes, but I know there are lots of apps and online resources available to do that.

05.30.2013 at 9:51 AM #

Tiffany

Are the top cookies the same as the bottom?I had cookies that looked like the top ones and they’re amazing!

05.30.2013 at 9:51 AM #

katiemorford

The top photo is the final version of the recipe.

08.14.2013 at 10:20 AM #

Chris

Katie, do you have any guidelines for how much sugar you can remove from a recipe before it effects texture and taste? Your guidelines here are excellent, but in addition to dropping the saturated fats and increasing the whole grains in my baked goods, I wonder sometimes if I could also reduce the sugar?

08.14.2013 at 10:20 AM #

katiemorford

I don’t have any specific guideline. I play around with lessening the sugar in recipes quite a bit but find it’s really a matter of trial and error. You are right, it affects both texture and sweetness, which is part of the challenge. Wish I could be more help.

10.01.2013 at 9:34 AM #

Maria in Tx

I made this, but used regular whole wheat flour and added a few tbs of flax. They didn’t flatten out, but instead stayed in balls. Tasty, but not sure I can pass them off to my kids as cookies 🙂

10.01.2013 at 9:34 AM #

katiemorford

Hi Maria, I find whole-wheat pastry flour is a little lighter and so has a result more similar to white flour in baking. You might also try the technique for making a prettier cookie I wrote about here since it involves flattening the cookies during the baking process. Just a thought.

http://www.momskitchenhandbook.com/uncategorized/how-to-make-a-pretty-chocolate-chip-cookie/

10.10.2013 at 1:45 PM #

Catherine

Hello, Great recipe! I have almond flour at home and I’m wondering if I can use that rather than grinding up almonds?
Thank you 🙂

10.10.2013 at 1:45 PM #

katiemorford

Hi Catherine

I haven’t made it with almond flour, but expect that it would work fine. The question would be how much almond flour because I didn’t measure how much ground almonds resulted after running them through the food processor. My guess is 3/4 cup of almonds would yield a bit more than that once ground up. Let me know how it goes.

09.06.2015 at 6:52 AM #

Dressdrive

I am definitely gonna try this recipe tonight! Could you please tell for how long do these cookies last?

09.06.2015 at 6:52 AM #

katiemorford

Stored in an airtight container, they are best eaten within five days or so. You can also freeze both the dough and cookies, if you like.

07.14.2016 at 7:26 AM #

Katherine

These were FANTASTIC! I don’t think I’ll go back to the old recipe when these are just as yummy (if not more) and healthier! I used walnuts instead of almonds (b/c I love walnuts). I think you can cut the sugar a little bit more without losing the sweetness but maybe it’s b/c I used semi-sweet chocolate chips. Substitutes I made: walnuts, white whole wheat flour, semi sweet chocolate chips (what I had).

07.14.2016 at 7:26 AM #

katiemorford

Terrific! That sort of comment makes my day. Thank you for sharing.

07.06.2018 at 2:00 PM #

Carla

Sorry, but, I lost attention at “one stick of butter”. I use applesauce for any fat in cookies or muffins, etc… And I soak a cup of REAL oatmeal, not quick or instant, in skim milk. At my house we can’t just eat just one, so I find it better to make things as fat free as possible. Though I know a person needs SOME fat, I am sure we manage to get enough, in other things we eat. I use dried cherries,raisins or cranberries to oamp up the flavor. I only use egg whites as each yolk is 5 grams of fat. And I use Splenda brown sugar. For chocolate muffins or cookies, then I throw in SOME dark chocolate chips. Using applesauce instead of butter, the product doesn’t brown as much, but, we would rather have several of these rather than feel guilty of having one of the ones loaded with fat. Just my opinion. I have used several of your other recipes, and we liked them, but this one is just too fattening for me.

07.06.2018 at 2:00 PM #

katiemorford

Hi Carla,

Thanks for chiming in. What works for one person may not work for another, which is sort of the beauty of home cooking…you can find what suits you best. Love your ideas for using applesauce and adding dark chocolate chips!

Katie

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